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Pleasant Plains in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Merriweather Home for Children

African American Heritage Trail, Washington, D.C.

 

—733 Euclid Street, NW —

 
Merriweather Home for Children Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 21, 2015
1. Merriweather Home for Children Marker
Inscription. The National Association for the Relief of Destitute Colored Women and Children was established by an 1863 Act of Congress. Elizabeth Keckley (ca. 1818-1907), former slave and seam­stress for Mary Todd Lincoln, was a founding member and spent her last days at the association's home. After Congress withdrew its support for the home in 1892, Mary Robinson Meriwether, a teacher at the Preparatory High School for Negro Youth, saved the facility. In 1930 it moved to this location and shifted its focus to children only. The name eventually changed to the Meriwether Home for Children. (The spelling has evolved to Merriweather.) The home was succeeded by the Key Day Care Center (1975-1998).
 
Erected by Cultural Heritage DC.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Washington, D.C. African American Heritage Trail marker series.
 
Location. 38° 55.449′ N, 77° 1.424′ W. Marker is in Pleasant Plains, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on Euclid Street just west of Georgia Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20001, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Beyond the Basics (within shouting distance of this marker);
Merriweather Home for Children Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 21, 2015
2. Merriweather Home for Children Marker
Miner Teachers College (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); "The Lake So Blue" (about 700 feet away); Along the "Nile Valley" (about 700 feet away); General Oliver O. Howard (about 700 feet away); Howard Hall (about 700 feet away); Teachers and Preachers (about 700 feet away); Howard University Gallery of Art (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Pleasant Plains.
 
Also see . . .  Meriwether. Emergence Community Arts Collective. (Submitted on June 23, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 
 
Categories. African AmericansCharity & Public Work
 
Elizabeth Keckly (Keckley) image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 21, 2015
3. Elizabeth Keckly (Keckley)
Close-up of image on marker
733 Euclid Street image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 21, 2015
4. 733 Euclid Street
Today 733 Euclid is The Emergence Community Arts Collective.
Banneker High School image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 21, 2015
5. Banneker High School
Dress maker Elizabeth Keckly died on May 26, 1907 at the National Home for Destitute Colored Women and Children when it was located across Euclid Street where Banneker High School stands today.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 245 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on January 29, 2017.
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